May 16, 2022

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Washington Nationals paid $ 350 million to Juan Choto for 13 years before closing

Prior to the current Major League lockout, Washington offered Nationals outfielder Juan Soto a 13-year, $ 350 million extension that apparently did not appeal to the player and his agents.

A Nationals source told ESPN Digital that the deferred payment was not included in the offer, which starts in the 2022 season. If that happens, Soto will receive an average salary of $ 27 million by 2034, when he will be 36 years old.

“Yes, they gave me this opportunity a few months ago, before the strike we had on baseball,” Choto told ESPN Digital on Wednesday.

“But now, my agents and I think the best way is to go every year and wait for a free agency. My agent Scott Borace is controlling that situation,” he added.

Choto, who deserves free agency after the 2024 season, said, “Anyway, I still want to spend the rest of my life in Washington. Let’s see.”

After $ 365 million from Mookie Bets (12 years) from Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020 and $ 360 million from Los Angeles Angels, that offer by the Nationals will be the third largest extension in history. Presented in 2019 by Mike Trout (10 years).

Francisco Lindor ($ 341 million for 10 years) and Fernando Doddis Jr. ($ 340 million for 13 years) will be more than the extensions agreed last spring with the New York Mets and San Diego Patres, respectively.

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Choto, 23, has four seasons in the major leagues and is considered by many to be the cleanest winner in the game today. The left-handed Slacker hits .301 in his first 464 games with .432 OBP and .981 OPS.

During the season, Corona was reduced to 60 games by the virus, and by 2020 he was leading the major leagues in hitting, OBP and OPS, and in 2022 he hit 313 and walked 145.